The Slatest

World’s Tallest Man Meets World’s Shortest Man

Chandra Bahadur Dangi and Sultan Kosen.

Photo by Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

Today is Guinness World Records Day, and the record-keepin’ company celebrated with a meeting between the world’s tallest and shortest men in London. Turkey’s Sultan Kosen is 8-foot-3, and Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi is 1-foot-9.5. Kosen is a 31-year-old farmer, and Dangi is a 74-year-old who makes “placemats and head straps for villagers carrying heavy loads,” AFP writes.*

“Even though he is short and I am tall, we have had similar struggles throughout our lives,” Kosen said, “and when I look into Chandra’s eyes I can see he is a good man.”

Correction, Nov. 13, 2014: This post originally misstated Sultan Kosen’s height. He is 8-foot-3, not 8-foot-9.